EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Oct 23, 2012

I’ve been want­i­ng to play with resin for a long time and final­ly just took the time to do it and I LOVE it. Mind you these are no where amaz­ing com­pared to what is out there to be found but I am hap­py with my first attempts. I did learn a few things in the process that I will share with you in hopes you will not make the same errors I did. Although, things are going to hap­pen that you might not like as you learn, just accept it but then again it goes both ways… you might dis­cov­er some­thing you real­ly like too.

  1. I was wor­ried about a heavy chem­i­cal smell and was hap­py to dis­cov­er that Envi­ro­Tex had no smell at all. So I could check this wor­ry off my list.
  2. I was wor­ried about mix­ing it wrong, it then not cur­ing and wast­ing resin and the items used to make my charms… well this was a sil­ly wor­ry I mixed the resin exact­ly how it said on the box and so far so good. The resin hard­ened as stat­ed. The hard­est part was fig­ur­ing out how to find the darn stop watch on my phone so I could mix the resin and hard­en­er for 2 min­utes. Ugh, I’m so not a techy per­son!
  3. When fill­ing your item of choice let the resin set­tle a bit before adding more resin. At first it was kin­da hard  for me to esti­mate how much resin was need­ed and I over filled a few times. It was not hard to fix, I just scooped a bit out with my Pop­si­cle stick, wiped the over­flow away and after about 12 hours while it was in it’s soft cure (I think this is what you call it) I used my craft knife to cut away some the excess resin. You can’t even tell which one I over filled.
  4. Make sure you put sev­er­al coats of sealant on the FRONT and BACK of book pages or any dou­ble sided paper for that mat­ter. If not, you will see the words on the back of the paper from the front as the resin makes the paper trans­par­ent like. Notice the charm with Love, dreams, wish­es — this is an exam­ple of what hap­pens to book page words when not sealed well. So make sure to apply 2–3 coats of your sealant and that you let it dry in between each coat. I kin­da like the way this charm turned out though, because love, dreams and wish­es are always there if and when you look for them.
  5. Make sure you have a pin handy to arrange items you want to add to the resin like beads, word strips etc. This is a very handy tool. Maya Road Trin­ket Pins work great because the pin is long and easy to hold onto.
  6. You can add all kinds of things to the resin after pour­ing it into the charm… glit­ter, micro beads, but­tons, rhine­stones, paper pieces (sealed paper pieces) etc.
  7. Have a heat tool handy to pop any bub­bles that form. I did not have many at all and was quite sur­prised but the few I did have popped instant­ly as soon as I zapped it quick­ly with my heat tool.
  8. I am one that real­ly does not like to waste at all and I was wor­ried about over mix­ing my resin amount which I did because I had no clue how much resin was need­ed for each charm I want­ed to make but I have an awe­some solu­tion… make resin paper with all your left over resin. All you need to do is place your paper onto a piece of plas­tic, I used a bag­gie I had close by, using a foam brush apply half the remain­ing resin to the front of the paper, flip it over and apply the remain­ing half to the back of the paper. Make sure you real­ly rub the resin into the paper by flip­ping the paper over sev­er­al times and work­ing the resin into it. I then hung the resin paper onto a plas­tic pants hang­er, the one with the clips, and hung it to dry for 24–48 hours. Once the resin has cured you have some awe­some paper to use in projects.
  9. Using resin teach­es you patience. You MUST wait at least 24 hours for the resin to cure and prefer­ably 48 hours. If you are like me and want it now get over it… you can not rush resin. If you do you will be sor­ry. It dries on it’s own time and at it’s own pace. I would love to see Wendy Vec­chi deal with this issue… she has less patience than I do. We’ll see if she reads this post. I’ll know it if she does. LOL
  10. Use the pop­si­cle stick to apply the resin in the charm. I find it eas­i­er to con­trol instead of pour­ing it straight into the charm using the mix­ing cup.
  11. To fill tiny areas like around the rhine­stone trim… I dipped the end of my straight pin into the resin and let small drops of resin fall in between each rhine­stone. This worked per­fect­ly.

Here is anoth­er view of the charms I made. I real­ly like the dimen­sion I got from the UTEE bust I made the oth­er day and the resin is crys­tal clear… not one bub­ble. I plan on doing some things to the side of the charm but have no clue what as of yet. It will come to me though.

And here is a look at the resin papers I made… yes I way over mixed the amount of resin need­ed for the charms but I’m real­ly glad I did because I love hav­ing this paper ready and wait­ing for me to use in a project.

Now go have some fun with resin and let me know what you think…

Hugs!

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